Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Microsoft slips user-tracking tools into Windows 7, 8 amidst Windows 10 privacy storm

This blogger is more interested in determining the motive behind Microsoft's baking of user-tracking tools into all recent versions of Microsoft Windows O/S installs.  The two prevailing arguments are privacy vs. safety and it is really up to the user to decide which is more important.

Privacy and safety both align with the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution (at least in the US) that protects citizens by requiring probable cause to search or seize.  Obviously it was written at a time when cybercrime and Internet related communication didn't pose a threat to citizens.

If what you are doing doesn't threaten the life, limb, or well-being of someone else, then your privacy is your business - in my humble opinion.   But to suggest that everything you communicate - whether or not you can be identified - is subject to inspection is a bit more controversial.  And that seems to be the intent of most tracking - at least from a national security perspective.

But if the motive is to sell the information to give better intelligence to advertisers, then I would want a say in whether or not it happens as well as whether I am due some compensation for the data.


Microsoft slips user-tracking tools into Windows 7, 8 amidst Windows 10 privacy storm | PCWorld



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